While in the Berner Oberland region, we knew that we had to hit the trails and enjoy the beauty of the Swiss Alps. Drew and I were staying in Wengen, so we took a gondola that was directly across from our hotel up to Männlichen. The fare was 23 CHF, but we used our Swiss Travel Pass which provided a 50% discount. Since we were hoping to visit Jungfraujoch in the early afternoon, we hopped on the first gondola of the day and made our way up to the Männlichen station.
From the Männlichen station, we opted to do the Royal Walk as a little warm up before embarking on our hike to Kleine Scheidegg. Grab a paper crown map from the Männlichen station and then take the short 20 minute hike up to the golden wooden crown platform at the top of the hill. From the crown, you will have a 360 degree view of the Berner Oberland region. Many mountain peaks, glaciers, and villages are visible from this viewpoint. Take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking views!
Once we had our fill at the crown, we started the Panorama Trail. From Männlichen to Kleine Scheidegg, it’s roughly a 5 km hike. The hike is relatively easy and would be a good choice for all ages and levels of hiking experience. Expect the hike to take about 1.5 hours.
Don’t rush the walk and try to take in as much of the scenery as you can. The path is fairly level and there are a few benches along the way where you can stop and soak it all in.
At the end of the hike, we came upon a water reservoir with a beautiful color right by the Kleine Scheidegg train station. It was a great way to end the hike–every step was filled with such amazing sights! Once we were done, we hopped on the train back to Wengen to prepare for our journey to Jungfraujoch.